Microsoft Stream Video Hosting

What Can I Use It For?

Screenshot of the new MS Stream (on SharePoint) on a laptop and mobile device

Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint) is a University of Toronto platform available for hosting, captioning, and sharing videos recordings.

Special Notes

U of T Stream Classic Retirement

Microsoft is rolling out an improved and modernized version of Stream, the video application which is part of Microsoft 365. As part of the transition to the new version of Stream built on SharePoint, Microsoft has announced that Stream (Classic) will be retired globally, and Stream Classic will be retired for U of T on May 6, 2024.  After this date you will no longer have access to videos on Stream (Classic).

If you have not migrated (moved) your videos, please consult the EASI Stream Classic Retirement page carefully for an overview of how to prepare for the Stream Classic retirement, resources for getting familiar with the new version of Stream and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint) is a University of Toronto platform available for hosting, captioning, and sharing videos recordings.


  • Switching from Microsoft Classic Stream to Stream (on SharePoint)

    Access Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint) at:

    Information from EASI (Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration) 
    Microsoft is transitioning to a newer version of Stream that will be better integrated with the rest of the Office365 suite of tools. The deadline for the transition is May 6, 2024. The earlier version of Stream will now be known as Microsoft Stream (Classic), and the new version will be known as Microsoft Stream (built on SharePoint) or Stream (on SharePoint). The main difference is that the new Stream (on SharePoint) will leverage the power of SharePoint and OneDrive to improve video management regarding permissions, sharing and governance.

    Consult EASI’s information on Stream for updates.

  • Upload Videos to MS Stream

    Upload Videos to MS Stream (on SharePoint)

    1. Access MS Stream (SharePoint) from your O365 apps (if updated to the new version) or via (External Link icon)  Another way to find your video on OneDrive is to go to your Files > Documents > Recordings.
    2. Opening screen for MS Stream (on SharePoint) with 4 ways to create new videos.
    3. To create a video, select one of the options under Create new: Upload, Screen recording, or Camera Recording.
    4. To upload a video from your computer:
      your computer to select and upload a video.
      You will see a message that Upload is in Progress.
      Depending on the length of your upload it might take a while to see the recording in the list below.
      List of uploaded and viewed videos on Stream (on SharePoint)
  • Create a Screen Recording

    To create a screen recording:

    1. Select the Screen recording option.Opening screen for MS Stream (on SharePoint) with 4 ways to create new videos.
    2. Include your image from a webcam or click X to close it. You can resize and move the image.
    3. Select the Teleprompter icon to view text that is either typed or pasted from another source.
      Teleprompter icon
    4. Select the Start screen recording box and choose your screen, window, or tab as a background.
      Start screen recordingSelect background
    5. If you only want to show yourself on the screen (for example, welcoming students to your course), select the Video option.  You can also record yourself by selecting Camera recording in the first options.
      Screen, video, or audio options for recording
    6. If you want to record audio only, then choose the Audio option.  Files save with a suffix of .webm.
    7. Select Share at the bottom of the selection box. 
    8. Record your video after the sound of 3 beeps.
      Note: If you have the option, use two monitors, one for your background and one for the Screen recording interface and transcript. If you have one monitor, you can toggle between the tabs using the View tab link at the top of the page.
      Toggle link beside the Stop Sharing button.
    9. To stop recording, select the red box Stop Recording icon.
      Stop recording button
    10. Review you video, trim from start or end of video, add music. Note that Microsoft is working on a way to trim sections of video from the middle).
    11. Select Finish to complete and save your recording.
  • Add Video Information including a description, chapters, and captions

    Add video information

    1. Find a video on your Stream page.
    2. Open the video by selecting the title or the arrow icon beside the name.
      Stream name of file
    3. Open Video Settings in the side panel to add a description, chapters, and captions and other options.Video Settings icon opens a menu of options
    4. Options:
      • Thumbnail – choose a thumbnail image
      • About video – display a description of the video. To add the description, turn on this setting, then click below the video in description box. Select the checkmark when done.
      • Transcript and captions – Open this section by selecting the drop-down arrow. Select Generate to automatically generate captions. If you already have a captions file (.vtt) then you can upload it. Note that processing may take up to 48 hours. You should see a message during processing indicating how much time is left on generating the transcript and captions.
      • Chapters – Open this section by selecting the drop-down arrow.  Use the slider bar to turn on chapters.  Select the link to go to Chapters in the Settings menu.   During video playback select + New Chapter to create chapters.  You can adjust the time stamps.
        Share, edit, or delete Stream chapters
        Selecting a chapter will take you to that location in a video. You can also hover over the chapter to see a Share icon that will allow you to share that specific point in the video. Edit or delete chapters by selecting the more button.
      • Interactivity – add callouts (coloured text boxes) or create/link Microsoft Forms. See next section for instructions. Turn on using slider bar.
      • Comments – enable viewer comments by turning on the slider bar.
      • Analytics – enable analytics by turning on the slider bar. View analytics by selecting them from the main menu sidebar.
      • Noise Suppression – enable this setting to help viewers isolate speech from ambient noise, music, and other sounds. This setting can also be controlled by the viewer.
      • Audio files – upload an existing audio file.
  • NEW: Interactivity Feature - Callout

    Interactivity – Callouts

    1. Select Interactivity in the Settings Menu.
    2. Play the video, pausing where you would like to call attention through a coloured text box. Pause.
    3. Select + Add new and choose Add callout.
    4. In the drop-down menu select the style (colour).
    5. Adjust the timing of the callout.
    6. The callout box appears directly on top of the video. It can be resized and moved.
      Type important text in a callout that is positioned on top of a video.
    7. Select the checkmark beside the time stamp to accept the new callout.
  • NEW: Interactivity Feature - MS Forms (Updated)

    Interactivity – Forms

    Microsoft forms allows you to embed a quiz or collect feedback to a video.

    1. Select Interactivity in the Settings Menu.
    2. Play the video, pausing where you would add a Form. Pause the video
    3. Select + Add new and choose Add form.
    4. Select the link: Go to Microsoft Form to find the form you want to embed.  You can also create a new one by selecting New Quiz or New Form.
    5. Open the Form and select Collect responses from the top menu. Adjust settings as needed. (We recommend always checking Record name).
      Select Copy link to a Microsoft Form
    6. Choose Copy link.
    7. Return to the video and paste the Form link into the Interactivity section.
      Form link pasted into field for Interactive Forms in video settings.
    8. Select the checkmark to accept the changes.
    9. Use the link at the side of the video to return to video: Continue to video. We recommend showing students how to navigate the interactive Form.
      Link to return to video after filling out MS Form.
  • Share a Video on MS Stream

    Share Videos from Stream (on SharePoint)

    MS Stream (on SharePoint) has the same sharing permissions as other files in OneDrive / SharePoint.

    Share from the File Menu

    1. Hover over a file name within the file list. A Share icon will pop up. It can also be found in the More menu.
      Share icon beside file name
    2. Share via Email or in Teams. You can also copy the link to share where needed, such as in Quercus.
      Sharing permissions options
    3. In the sharing options, you can choose the audience for your video. You will see the standard OneDrive/SharePoint options of View or Edit for:
      • Anyone
      • People in University of Toronto
      • People with existing access
      • People you chose.
    4. You can also block the ability to download a video by selecting that option.


    Share using the </> Embed code option

    One of the share options is to copy the Embed code.  This option will require the viewer to be already logged into their university Microsoft 365 account in their web browser to view the video.  We recommend also including the direct share link when using the embed code, to provide a second access point for your students in the event the embed code access does not work for them.  Consult How to embed a new Stream video to Quercus (or any 3rd party platform) to learn more.


    Related Links

    Refer to Captioning Videos to learn more about generating and editing captions.

    To learn how to share videos from MyMedia, refer to MyMedia Hosting and Sharing.



Last Modified:

2 April, 2024

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